My decisions would be arbitrary and impulsive. First off, I’d ban suitsby Grayson Perry / August 22, 2012 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2012 issue of Prospect Magazine
I am under no illusions about my fitness to rule. I once appeared on the panel of BBC Question Time and very quickly bumped up against the limits of my own enthusiasm for politics. When David Dimbleby turned to me to ask my opinion on some story of the week, a voice inside my head was screaming, “You know, I really don’t give a damn.” I’d love to be enthusiastic about saving the world but I fear that even as the starving hordes of the developing world were storming a fortified Islington, I would be slumped behind the barricade studying a book of antique maps.
Another trait of mine is that I say yes to too many things and end up spreading myself too thin. Ruling the world might be a disaster unless I learn to delegate. So let’s just assume that I have consulted good people, and they have tackled all the tedious logistical problems like feeding and housing the poor and providing good healthcare and education.
My rulings would be pretty arbitrary—some serious, some trivial. As an artist, I’m used to making impulsive decisions and running with them. I understand that if there is no perfect way to do things then it is usually a question of committing to an okay solution and adapting.